Big Week: December 6-13

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Toy Drive

Mayor Anthony Calderone will host his annual Toy Drive at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Cocina Lobos, 7321 W. Madison St. Bring a new and unwrapped gift, and stay for appetizers and drinks after. Questions? Call the Forest Park Community Center 708-771-7737.

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at St. John Lutheran Church at 305 Circle Ave. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10. Donations tend to run low in December; this season, think of a gift outside the box, the organization asked.

Proviso East Basketball

The Proviso East Lady Pirates will face off against the Dolphins at Whitney Young High School's annual Chitown Shootout at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Gym at 211 S. Laflin St. in Chicago on Dec 8. The next day, the Lady Pirates will play the Warriors of Willowbrook High School at 4:30 p.m. at 1250 S. Ardmore Ave. in Villa Park.

The Proviso East Pirates boys team will play the Mustangs of Downers Grove South High School at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at 1436 Norfolk St. in Downers Grove.

Fair Housing

The Illinois Department of Human Rights will host a fair housing training session at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Progress Center for Independent Living, 7521 Madison St. The training will provide a basic overview of fair housing laws, with an emphasis on accomodations and modifications for people with disabilities. RSVP to Gary Arnold at 708-208-1500, ext. 14, or email

Simbang Gabi

St. Bernardine Fil-Am Association will hold its annual Simbang Gabi mass at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at 7246 Harrison St. Simbang Gabi literally translates to "night mass" in English from Filipino. After the mass, St. Bernardine will offer snacks in Fearon Hall.

Buy a book, get a beer

Forest Park Review columnist and contributing reporter Tom Holmes will be holding a book signing at Tacabron at 7330 Harrison St.  from 6 to 10 p.m. on Dec. 10. Everyone who buys a copy of his new book, "The Soul of a Liberal Village," will get a free Mexican beer.

Calendar Events

As you've likely noticed, our Calendar has changed to Big Week. Fewer items, higher profile. If you would like your event to be featured here, please send a photo and details by noon of the Wednesday before it needs to be published. We can't publish everything, but we'll do our best to feature the week's highlights. 


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